SIIA Announces ING Employee Benefits as Newest Premier Member

August 1, 2012 -- The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) today announced that ING Employee Benefits has upgraded to Premier Member status. Premier Membership signifies the highest level of support for SIIA and demonstrates a company’s leadership position within the self-insurance/alternative risk transfer marketplace.

"SIIA is where all of the major self-insurance industry players come together so it is a perfect fit for our organization”, said Heather Lavallee, president of ING Employee Benefits Distribution. "Upgrading our membership to Premier status allows us to better support the industry and stay connected with healthcare reform at both the state and federal levels. Our industry is going through a major change right now and SIIA plays a big role to help promote self-insurance as an option for employers well into the future."

Ms. Lavallee will be a featured speaker at SIIA’s upcoming National Conference & Expo, scheduled for October 1-3, 2012 in Indianapolis.

ING Employee Benefits, through its insurance companies, is one of the nation's largest direct writers of excess risk insurance, and has more than 90 years of experience in delivering group benefit solutions to employers. ING Employee Benefits insurance products are issued and underwritten by ReliaStar Life Insurance Company and ReliaStar Life Insurance Company of New York. Both of these companies are members of the ING family of companies.

ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, insurance and investment management operations of Dutch-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit

Premier Members receive a special package of valuable benefits including: complimentary/discounted conference registrations, complimentary advertisements in The Self-Insurer, guaranteed opportunities for committee participation, invitation to annual planning meeting with SIIA’s board of directors, private meeting space at SIIA national conference, banner advertisement on the home page of SIIA’s web site, signage/promotion at all SIIA conferences, and more.

For more information about SIIA Premier Membership, please contact Erica Massey at (800) 851-7789, or via e-mail at